The Birth Place of Michigan Natural Areas - A Story To Tell, A Legacy To Honor

Abstract (150 words max): 
The foundation of todays stewardship efforts has a place and a story. Todays efforts evolved from both the unique diversity of our shared landscape plus efforts of early conservation visionaries who saw the future needs of a growing population. From the Upper Peninsula’s Porcupine Mountains to Haven Hill in Southeast Michigan, you will learn of your extended stewardship ancestors, both public and private, who established public lands and a framework for today’s and tomorrow’s conservation stewardship actions. The story will both sadden and surprise you - from tragedy arose opportunity. As a conservation steward it is a story with many lessons and a story you are a part of.
Presenter 1 Name: 
Lawrence Falardeau
Presenter 1 Organization: 
Friends Of Highland Recreation Area
Presenter 1 Biography: 
Lawrence Falardeau Title: Principal Planner/ Environmental Stewardship Program Coordinator (Retired) Organization: Oakland County Planning & Economic Development Services Work Experience: Mr. Falardeau is a registered Landscape Architect. His professional background includes a broad range of both private and public sector experience in the areas of site design and environmental planning and conservation. Currently: Member & Advisor, Friends of Highland State Recreation Area Notable Achievements: Pioneer in Public Service Award from the Michigan Chapter of the Rails to Trails Conservancy in recognition of his innovative contribution to Michigan's trailways and greenways Johanna Roskopp Award from the Clinton River Watershed Council for leadership and commitment to improving and protecting the Clinton River Oakland County Environmental Stewardship Program - Conservationist of the Year Award from the Oakland Conservation District Community Service Award for contributions to Public Recreation in the State of Michigan - Michigan Recreation & Parks Association Quality People/Quality County Award - Oakland County Business Community
Additional Contributors: 
Friends of Highland Recreation Area MDNR Department of Natural Resources